Nexternal vs.


Following are 3 reasons merchants upgrade to Nexternal from OpenCart:

1) No More Tech Headaches - Updates and new features are automatically added meaning no more outdated versions or vulnerabilities.

2) Expert Customer Support - When you have your own account manager, the days of sifting through forums and search results to find your answers are over.

3) Relability - Nexternal has an amazing up track record for uptime.

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...and then, of course, there are the other benefits:

Nexternal OpenCart
Dedicated Account Manager

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Yes. Dedicated Nexternal Account Manager. Unlimited support. No. Support Forums. No live support. 3rd party support available for a fee.
Create Shipping Labels?

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Yes. Create UPS, FedEx, USPS, or DHL Labels from Order Management System. No.
Single Database iPad Point of Sale (POS))
Yes, using ourTrueCommerce Engage ($) app No.
Product Image Zoom

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Yes. The zoom works well on both traditional and tablet computers. Not available.
Uses Rich Snippets on Product Pages

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Yes. No.
Mobile Commerce

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Yes. Mobile Friendly Catalog & Checkout. M-Commerce available Through 3rd Party Add-on.
Amazon Marketplace Integration

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Yes. Sell products on Automatically pull orders into Nexternal. No.
Drop Ship Feature

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Yes. Complete drop-ship automation capabilities. Add-on module available for purchase.
Turnkey Integration

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Yes. No.
Social Commerce
(Tipping Point Sales)

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Yes. No.
Preferred Delivery Date

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Yes. Add-on module available for purchase.
MailChimp Integration

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Yes. Yes.
Integration Capabilities

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10 XML Tools Available. No XML tools included. Some XML import add-ons available for purchase.
Supports Multiple In Store Pickup Locations

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Yes. Only as a Shipping Method. Not detailed store pickup functionality.
Subscription Management
(Recurring Orders)

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Yes. Extension Needed ($$).
Quote Generation and Activation Yes. Extension Needed ($$).
Dashboard Plus for iPhone/iPad Yes. iOS Dashboard app not available.
Bandwidth Limits No. Yes.
Ability to Edit Order After Placement Yes. No.
Avalara Tax Service Integration Yes. Pull Avalara Tax Rates. Have Avalara submit taxes. Not available.
Software Updates Free and automatic. Merchant's responsibility to install. Certain modules built to certain releases, so may cause incompatibility.
Currency Converter Currency rates are updated automatically every night. Add-on module available for purchase.
Marketplace Feeds Automated - run daily. (Google Merchant Center, Shopzilla, Pricegrabber, etc.) Add-on module available for purchase.
QuickBooks Integration Included. QB export can be purchased from 3rd party as add-on extension.
Multiple Ship To Customers can place one order and ship items to multiple locations. OpenCart does not support multiple ship to locations.
Automated Review Reminders Yes. Must purchase and install seperate module.
Inventory Kits/Product Bundles Supported Not supported.
Dynamic Cart Messaging Yes. Message in shopping cart can change based on price or number of items to encourage upsell. No.
Bulk Email Wizard Yes. No.
Load Balancing Yes. Nexternal uses a large network of servers. No. Software sites on one server.
McAfee Secure Badge Yes. Nexternal's network is scanned daily. Not included.
Security Certificate Included/Installed. Must purchase and install.
Reliability Nexternal hosts and maintains the application with 24/7 monitoring. OpenCart is hosted by a third party. Reliability varies. No built in monitoring.
Back In Stock Notifications Yes. Automatically emails customer when backordered products are instock. No.
Packing Slips Yes. No.
Real-time Shipping Rates Yes. Add-on extension & UPS developer kit.
Package Tracking Yes. Tracking info automatically entered, and included in customer email notification. Add-on module available for purchase.
Low stock notification Yes. Set low stock level to generate notification email to administrator. Add-on module available for purchase.
Split package by weight Yes. Add-on module available for purchase.
Option to Specify Shipping Price Per Product Yes. Can override global shipping calculator at the product level. Only with purchased add-on module.
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